PAPISS Demba Cisse finally rediscovered his scoring touch – but the striker still left the Britannia Stadium disappointed.
Cisse netted only his second Premier League goal of the season last night.
But two late strikes from Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters and Cameron Jerome condemned Newcastle United to a fourth domestic successive defeat.
“The goal was important for me, but the most important thing for me is that the team wins,” Cisse told the Gazette. “I scored, but the team didn’t win.”
Alan Pardew’s beleaguered side are dangerously close to the relegation zone ahead of Monday night’s home game against Wigan Athletic.
However, Newcastle’s performance was a marked improvement on that against Southampton on Sunday, when they were soundly beaten 2-0.
And Cisse – who has struggled for form up to now – looked more like the player who wreaked havoc in the latter months of last season.
The 27-year-old was mobbed by his team-mates after seizing on a rebound from a Demba Ba shot early in the second half.
“I was very happy to score, and my team-mates were happy for me,” said Cisse.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t win. The players are very disappointed.”
The result left United just two points above the relegation zone, and with fixtures coming up against the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal, Newcastle’s situation is looking precarious, not least because of the club’s lengthening injury list.
However, Cisse’s confident he can add to his goal tally over the coming weeks and months as United look to climb away from trouble.
“It’s difficult for us now,” added Cisse. “It’s now about Monday. We have the weekend to work and prepare for the game.
“I hope I can continue scoring, but the most important thing is that the team wins.”